IDT Peer Support Groups

On completion of IDT courses, we encourage participants to consider joining or forming a local IDT Peer-support Group (PSG)  which meets regularly (say monthly, for a two hour working session) to share IDT experiences, discuss and practice the IDT method, develop IDT skills and their application in case work and practitioner development, – thereby becoming part of a wider and supportive IDT community.  Research shows that participation in a PSG offers direct benefits in anchoring your IDT training, and enhancing your confidence and professional effectiveness.

Different roles can be involved in the formation and management of a PSG:

  • Coordination – A local coordinator keeps members informed of the venue, times and costs for group meetings, and is listed with the IDT Office as the initial contact person that welcomes in new members.
  • Facilitation – Each meeting needs some structure and leadership to ensure safety and achieve goals.  Some groups rotate this role among its members, and some negotiate a short-term tenure with a suitably experienced IDT practitioner.
  • Supervision – Peer-group supervision can offer a vehicle for professional self-reflection.

In order for all participants of a PSG to have covered the basics of IDT, completion of the four-day IDT Foundation Course is a prerequisite for joining an IDT PSG.  Participants in a PSG can range from those who are new to IDT through to those who have attended a lot of further-on training in IDT and are experienced IDT practitioners.  This diversity needs to be respected and taken into account.  Please note that a PSG primarily offers a ‘practicing-with-feedback’ opportunity, and is not a training or teaching venue, nor is it an opportunity for supervisors or senior IDT practitioners to tout for work.  Your role in an IDT-recognised PSG is voluntary.

Because coordinators and facilitators will inevitably attract a degree of projection and transference, it is important that these roles are enacted with experience, and within clear professional boundaries and accountability.  Safety and confidentiality are paramount.  A PSG culture, although informal, needs to be carefully attended to.  To this end coordinators and facilitators of a PSG are not agents of IDT, and need to be registered members of an appropriate professional association.

Self-managing IDT Peer Support Groups act independently from IDT Limited.  Like other therapeutic modalities, IDT can be used safely or inappropriately.  Interactive Drawing Therapy Limited takes no responsibility for personal or group issues that may arise from disclosure or interactions with PSG members.  IDT is not intended to replace normal professional safe practices.  We recommend that all PSG participants practice appropriate self-disclosure, and engage in regular one-to-one supervision, in addition to their PSG activities.

Depending on your location, you may be interested in joining one of the new/established groups below.

New Zealand

Location Coordinator Contact Details Occurrence
Auckland Bronwyn Burrowes email Once every 6 weeks
Pt Chev, Auckland Diane Collins email Monthly meeting
Gisborne Elizabeth Florance email
Horowhenua Mary Mitchell email Monthly
Nelson Chris Hickson &
Ana Dorrington
email
email
4th Wednesday of the month at 4pm

 

Australia

Location Organiser Contact Details Occurrence
Brisbane Claudje Lecompte email Monthly meeting
Newcastle Sue McKenzie email
Melbourne Cas Willow email

 

Last updated 11 June 2013